Top Dog Sports Camps. Where Fido Can Be The Camp Champ!

Top Dog Sports Camps—Where Fido can be the camp champ

“Dogs need a vacation from the human world, a place where they can be free from the leash and be their “dog selves,”socialize with other dogs in nature, and get lots of fresh air and exercise.People need a safe place in nature where they can take a vacation that is fun for both of them and their dog” Camp Unleashed.Annie Brody,Founder & Chief Woof Officer via Fido Friendly, Summer 2014.

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For dog lovers dreaming of their own perfect pet vacay with Fido,canine camps are guaranteed to capture every dog lover’s quest for adventure.With so many stimulating canine camps to choose from, you can work up a thirst hiking and participating in your favorite dog-related sports. Canine sports camps are committed to not only the perfection of all dog sports, but to giving back the fun that all pet parents should have with their dogs ,in a way that is making a real difference.When you sign up for dog camp with your best friend, you’re both in for a fun time.


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Hikes, agility, dock diving,nosework, herding, clicker training and plenty of other exciting activities for both you and Fido have been especially crafted so that no matter your energy level, everyone can enjoy their experience.Depending on both you and Fido’s level of fitness, age and health, you can choose to sign up for less strenuous activities, or just hang out and enjoy the beauty of the Montana landscape where Yellowstone Dog Sports is located.

Located near Red Lodge, Montana, Yellowstone Dog Camp offers canine massage, agility, swimming, dock diving and even nosework.Pet-lovers know that they can try out new activities ,or deal with common canine problems when signing up at the Yellowstone Dog Camp.The only dog camp to offer overnight camps during three seasons-Winter,Spring/Summer and Fall, and offers unique on-site accommodation with an indoor canine event center close to the Yellowstone Park.

It may offer delicious, freshly- prepared food with all can eat and vegetarian options, but don’t be fooled- Summer Camp Gone To The Dogs takes place on 250-acres of Marlboro College and offers herding, dock diving, breed handling, teaching obedience classes the positive way, and the Wellington Touch.There are 40 to 50 activities per day. Fall camps take place at the Mountaineer Inn, Vermont, on 8 grassy and shaded acres bordered by a brook, where you can choose a 5-mile walking path, take Fido along for a Gondola ride, or go horseback riding.Fall camp offers 25-30 activities per day.

Located on the shores of Lake Wenatchee,nestled in the Wenatchee National Forest, Washington.Maian Meadows Dog Camp is the perfect choice for dog lovers looking to enjoy a special getaway with Fido in a relaxed, rustic atmosphere under tall trees alongside a lake.Not only does this camp provide hiking, swimming, boating,games and contests, this off-leash weekend getaway is for those that truly want to relax.Sans the agility and competitive obedience classes,Maian Meadows Dog Camp is guaranteed to make you smile.


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Sign-up at Camp Dogwood in Lake Delton,Wisconsin,adjacent to Wisconsin Dells with 700 plus acres, this dog camp provides hotel like accommodation.With host facilities in Lake Delton,Wisconsin and offering cabin and lodge accommodation options, private bathrooms and patios with picturesque lake or ravine views this camp focuses on your relationship with Fido.Camp Dogwood welcomes your pet with private fenced- in sign up time ,or the dual beaches on their lakefront for groups of friends who want their dogs to play in a safe, enclosed environment.

This is not just a resort that ‘allows’ dogs.It is the ultimate canine learning vacation.The Canine Country Getaway at Glen Highland Farm redefines ‘pet-friendly’- setting a new standard for a vacation with your canine friend.The Getaway is located in a spectacular rural setting in upstate NY with all the creature comforts for you and a doggie paradise for the canines.You and your dog can explore 175-acres-wander the meadows, go on trail walks, swim in Butternut Creek, play agility and fetch to your heart’s content.

Register Fido at Camp Unleashed, North Carolina and in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts while you take our dog on a 4-day weekend retreat to the beautiful countryside. Dedicated to honoring and respecting the spirit of dogs,Camp Unleashed’s team of devoted dog professionals leads workshops and activities.This three-day retreat in nature offers participants the opportunity to escape to the county, and allows for dogs to be safely off leash and enjoy a reenergizing retreat in the beautiful mountains of Western Massachusetts and Western North Carolina.Activities include agility,tricks, canoeing, canine water sports,agility, behavior clinics, canine massage, natural nutrition and holistic canine health care.

The Benefits of Canine Retreats

All canine camps should be a retreat for both you and Fido. It should be a way to connect and further our bond with our dogs.Retreats teach us how to listen to and understand our dogs while enjoying fun activities.These retreats are especially designed to:

1.Retreats help dog-lovers see the world through their dog’s eyes, and explore and deepen their relationship with their dogs.

2.All dogs and people need vacation time together without the stresses of everyday life.

3.Retreats are a place where your dogs can be free in a safe place in nature where they can have fun.

4.All activities at retreats are non-competitive and led by dog professionals that are keen to engage your dogs’ senses, instincts, and cognitive abilities.

5.Some sports camps for dogs may include canine massage, natural nutrition,behavior clinics,canine water sports and other fun activities that the two of you may enjoy together.

6.Take additional time to inquire about activity schedules ahead of time to make sure that your camp’s a good fit for both of you.Keep a list of nearby veterinarians that are available upon request.

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Genetic Testing for Dogs Gets New Funding! Dogs & Genetics!

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The latest canine DNA startup by cofounders Adam and Ryan Boyko at Embark Veterinary  has new funding of $4.5 million from investors. This would allow for pet parents, veterinarians and breeders to learn more about their dog’s ancestry and disease risk. A simple cheek swab of saliva and a small fee of $199 is all it takes for the most comprehensive canine genetic testing on the market in 2017.


  1. To provide an update on your’s dog’s health and provide information as to whether Fido is a carrier for specific diseases, which would help breeders and veterinarians.
  2. To provide details about your dog’s family tree especially when it comes to shelter dogs.
  3. To provide a breakdown of chromosomes detailing which of your dog’s traits come from certain breed types. This test is able to detect over 200,000 genetic markers and also determines 175 dog breeds.


All test results take 3-4 weeks and are available online.

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How Do Dogs Recognize Other Breeds?

A new study reveals that canines use both visual and cognitive cues to identify others of their species, no matter how different the breeds.

 By Claudia Bensimoun (Pen name) Eleanor Griffin For Animal Wellness magazine

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Louise’s daughter asked her an interesting question one day while they were walking their dog. The friendly golden retriever had just stopped to say hello to a passing pug. “How does Kiefer know that’s another dog?” the little girl asked. It’s a good question, especially when you consider the huge physical diversity of different breeds. According to veterinarian Dr. Dominique Autier-Derian of the National Veterinary School in Lyons, France, dog breeds show the largest morphological variety of any animal species, which means visual recognition represents a true cognitive challenge for individual canines.

For example, compare a great Dane, mastiff, Chihuahua and an Irish wolfhound. Given the huge differences between these breeds in size and shape, not to mention coat type, color and muzzle length, they don’t look like they’re even from the same species. Unlike wolves, foxes or other wild canines, domestic dogs present a huge phenotypic diversity. With so much variation in size, shape and appearance, how do dogs know when they’re interacting with other dogs?

In any social interaction, dogs need to first determine whether the other animal belongs to his own species. This can be done by smell, sight and hearing, but it can also involve cognitive processes such as discrimination and categorization. In a recent innovative study, Dr. Autier-Derian found that, using visual cues alone, dogs are able to pick out the faces of other dogs (regardless of breed) from other animal species, and group them into a category of their own.

Nine adult dogs (five females and four males owned by students at the National Veterinary School) took part in this study. Two of the nine dogs were purebred (one a Labrador, one a border collie), and seven were cross breeds. None had the same morphotype in terms of form, color, marking, hair length and ear type, whether upright or drooping. All the dogs were between two and five years of age, had extensive prior experience of visual interspecific and intraspecific interactions, and basic obedience training. They also underwent ophthalmological and behavioral examinations.

How the study worked

Dr. Autier-Derian and her fellow researchers wanted to observe whether the nine dogs could discriminate any breed of dog from other species of animal, including humans, and whether they could group all dogs together, regardless of breed, into a single category.

The dogs were shown 144 pairs of colored digital head pictures depicting various dogs, animals and humans. The images were displayed on a pair of computer screens at the dogs’ own eye level. Each image pair included the face of an unfamiliar dog, and the face of an animal of a different species, including humans. The dog images encompassed many purebreds and mixed breeds and were picked to illustrate the wide variability of canine morphotypes, with different head shapes, hair length, color, and ear positions. The non-dog photos included people as well as 40 different species of both domestic and wild cats, rabbits and birds.

The dogs were trained to sit in front of an experimenter, on a line between the two screens. Upon hearing a command, each dog would make a selection between the two images in front of him by going to one of the screens and putting his paw in front of the chosen image.

Compelling results

All nine dogs in the study were able to group all the dog images, regardless of breed, into into a single category despite the diversity of breeds.

“Dogs display a very efficient visual communication system toward conspecifics [same species], and also to human beings,” she says.

“The fact that they are able to recognize their own species visually, and that they have great olfactory discriminative capacities, ensures that social behavior and mating between different breeds is still potentially possible. Although humans have stretched the canis familiaris species to its morphological limits, its biological entity has been preserved.”

We already know that dogs are smarter than most people think, but this study demonstrates they’re even more intelligent when it comes to knowing how to recognize their own species, whether it’s a toy poodle or a great Pyrenees.

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From Puppies To Grown Dogs!


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Adulthood: Oreo all grown up making new friends at the dog park

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Loki The Wolfdog & Kelly Lund

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“I believe dogs aren’t meant to live out their lives in a backyard or inside a house. I hate to see that. I hope we are inspiring people to get out, explore our world, and make memories with their pups,” says Kelly Lund.

It’s no surprise that Kelly Lund and his best friend, Loki lead an exciting life.

No one else understands adventure better than Lund. Together with his beloved three-year-old Loki, an irresistible Siberian husky, Malamute and Arctic Wolf hybrid, the two have been passionate about exploring the wilderness off-leash and having fun.

“I’ve traveled most of the Western United States with Loki. Our goal is to see as much as we can in his life. We love to find wilderness areas without people. Outside of Colorado, we have seen much of Utah, traveled through Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, California and Nevada,” says Lund.

A typical day for Lund and Loki means having plenty of outdoor fun. “I’ve always been really into road-tripping, exploring new places, camping, outside activities, etc. When I brought Loki home, I did my best to restructure my life to include him in my activities instead of leaving him behind at the house. Believe it or not, I actually have a full-time job. I am the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for the City of Denver. My work is diverse, and I don’t exactly have a normal day. Outside of work though, he runs next to me as I ride a bicycle quite a bit.

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